SAN DIEGO CA – HazardHub, the nation’s fastest-growing supplier of geospatial risk data, has announced the release HydrantHubTM, the nation’s first addressable database of fire hydrant locations. This growing database contains more than 3.2 Million hydrant locations across 625 cities, states, counties and water districts across the United States. The data is available via HazardHub’s fast and powerful data API, as well as via the “Find My Closest Hydrant” tool at www.hazardhub.com.
Distance to a fire hydrant is one of the most critical components to properly price homeowners and property insurance. Yet – too often – hydrant data has been unobtainable or relied on a homeowner’s best guess. HydrantHub aims to break that data blockage by collecting and standardizing hydrant data, then making that data available to consumers, insurers, and municipalities across the country.
The initial release of HydrantHub covers more than 625 places across the US, including Los Angeles, Seattle, the states of Rhode Island and Vermont, Miami, Washington DC, Houston, New York City, Denver, Atlanta, and hundreds of other places across the country. The hydrant locations in HydrantHub cover more than 35% of the US population.
According to Brady Foust, Chief Science Officer at HazardHub, “Hydrant information for the longest time has been the Holy Grail. We’ve now amassed enough locations to reach a critical juncture. We’re strong believers in our customers having access to the most and best data available to make better decisions. Hydrants help complete the total data picture.”
Here’s our list of the Top 11 States, as ranked by the % of the population covered by a hydrant:
Foust adds – “We’d like to especially thank the states of Rhode Island, Vermont, and California as well as the District of Columbia. Their commitment to the safety of their citizens and businesses is remarkable and admirable.”
HydrantHub – along with HazardHub’s Fire Station Location database – will feed a system that automatically determines the correct AAIS-based Fire Protection Class. For the first time, insurers will have automation around three critical underwriting elements – distance to the nearest fire station, distance to the nearest hydrant and the AAIS-approved Fire Protection Class for a location. All done automatically with no input necessary from the end user.
Hydrant Hub is introducing a new data element for the number of hydrants within 1000 feet of a property – a key indicator for available water in any covered geography.
Bob Frady, CEO of HazardHub, says “We’ve spent an enormous amount of time and effort building HydrantHub. We want to thank the all of the municipalities and water districts who have cooperated with these efforts – these places are at the forefront of empowering their citizens to ensure that the best distance to hydrant and fire station tools are available to them. We’ve overcome any security concerns by providing a safe and secure environment for their data, along with controls that limit the output to the nearest hydrant. The free tools we’re providing back to municipalities will make those communities both better informed and safer. We welcome the next round of municipalities that are interested in making sure their citizens have access to these same leading-edge tools as we continue to expand HydrantHub.”